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Honors Theses from 2020

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Adaptation of a Low-Cost Hyperpolarization Technique for Use with Single-Sided NMR, Ruth A. Beaver

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Chemical Transformation of Biomass Burning Organic Aerosols Due to Photolytic Aging, Hongmin Yu

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Conformational Changes of Lactate Dehydrogenase Isozymes, Benjamin Hauk

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Determination of Thermodynamic Properties of Non-Protein Amino Acids and Characterization of Multimers of Carbamazepine, Gwendylan Turner

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Employing Unnatural Amino Acids to Develop Bioconjugations, Multivalent Conjugates, and Protein Modulation Strategies, Elizabeth King

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Iron polypyridyl complexes for electrocatalytic proton reduction, Zachary Schiffman

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Photolytic Aging of 4-Nitrophenol: Effects of Fresh and Aged Secondary Organic Aerosol on Atmospheric Lifetimes, Lydia Dolvin

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Study of the Catalytic Abilities of Methyl-Functionalized & Dimethyl-Functionalized Iron Complexes for Proton Reduction, Jiashu Wang

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Synthesis and Investigation of Asymmetric Diyne and Polyyne Compounds for Biological Activity, Lauren Mazur

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Using Unnatural Amino Acid Technologies to Immobilize and Regulate Proteins, Emily Mae Peairs

Honors Theses from 2019

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1,4-Benzoquinone and 1,4-Naphthoquinone Natural Products: C-H Functionalization and Enzymatic Activity, Zhenyu Han

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Atomic Force Microscopy Measurements of Interfacial Forces Between Boron Nitride and Polymers for Development of an Optimum Nano-Composite, Hall Zhang

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Characterizing Flame-resistant Polymers using Single-sided NMR, Anna Tsutsui

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Determinations of Proton Affinities of Methylated Cysteine and Serine Homologs, Danielle Long

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Electrocatalysis for Proton and Oxygen Reduction Reactions, William Lake

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Exploring the Blinking Dynamics of Eosin Y Photosensitizers for Dye-Sensitized Photocatalysis Using Single-Molecule Spectroscopy, Pauline Lynch

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Iron Complexes for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Generation, Indira Stevens

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Optimizing Silver Nanoparticles for Pigment Identification in Art, Carolyn Farling

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Spatial Encoding with Single-sided NMR, Madeline Brass

Honors Theses from 2018

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Accessing Light-Sensitive Polycyclic Aromatics through an Alkynyl-Prins Cyclization, Daniel John Speer

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Alkyl Arylinium Iodocuprate Clusters: Structural and Spectroscopic Diversity, Amelia Marie Wheaton

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Characterizing the Ductile-Brittle Transition of Polyamide-11/ Purification and Characterization of Boron Nitride Nanotubes, William Kim

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Construction of Bicyclo[2.2.2]diazaoctane Scaffolds via Intermolecular Diels-Alder: Synthesis of (±)-Brevianamide B and Progress Toward (+)-Serantrypinone, Xiye Wang

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Development and Optimization of Bioconjugations to Probe and Modulate Protein Function, Christopher Travis

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Employing Unnatural Amino Acids Towards Therapeutic Bioconjugates, Zachary Nimmo

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Gas-Phase Hydrogen-Deuterium Exchange and Fragmentation Studies of Tetrapeptides Containing Lysine and Its Homologs, AnnaTram Do

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Imaging the Dynamics of CH2BrI Photodissociation in the Near Ultraviolet Region, Changen Pan

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Investigation of the Catalytic Ability of Iron Complexes Containing Pendant Proton Relays for Proton Reduction, Shichuan Xi

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Photo-Controlled Release of Zinc Ions in Aqueous Solution with Simultaneous Fluorescence Detection, Tyler Larson

Honors Theses from 2017

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Advancements in the Photocatalysis of Iron Complexes and the Electrocatalysis of Cobalt Complexes for Hydrogen Generation, Ryan J. DiRisio

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An analysis of oxidative damage to lactate dehydrogenase in context of neurodegeneration and catechol-based phenolic antioxidant chemistry, Lydia Boike

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Characterization of Mixed N,S Donor Ligand and Group 12 Metal Complexes with X-Ray Crystallography, ESI-MS, and NMR, Mikhaila D. Ritz

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Connecting Energy Metabolism and Neurodegeneration: Pyruvate Kinase and Oxidative Stress, Julia P. Zuercher

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Development of Novel Chemical Strategies to Modulate Biological Function, Diya M. Uthappa

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Does 5-propionyl-1-dimethylaminonapthalene Fluoresce through a TICT State?, Tao Chen

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Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Generation by Cobalt Complexes, Jessica E. Armstrong

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Fluorescently-Labeled Glutathiones to Quantify Cysteine Reactivity, Saloni H. Patolia

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Improving Water Barrier Properties of Epoxy Coatings with Addition of Graphene Oxide, Sang H. Kim

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Investigating Biological Properties Utilizing Synthetic Methods, Lindsay E. Chatkewitz

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Metabolism and Oxidative Stress: Understanding the Role of Reactive Cysteines in Pyruvate Kinase, Mary Cate Duff

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Metabolism and Oxidative Stress: Understanding the Role of Reactive Cysteines in Pyruvate Kinase, Mary Cate Duff

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Optogenetic Investigations of the PreBötzinger Complex: Support for the Dbx1 Core Hypothesis, Francis D. Pham

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Photocontrol of pH via Doped Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles, Aaron I. Bayles

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Structural Comparison of Copper(II) Thiocyanate Pyridine Complexes, Joseph V. Handy

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Total synthesis of barettin: Model study of specialized aldol condensation to directly access diketopiperazine targets, Elizabeth W. Kelley

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Towards a Greater Understanding of Post-Translational Modification of Transcription Factor, ArsR, in Helicobacter pylori via Bottom-Up Proteomics: Methods Development for Electrospray and Nanospray Approaches, Theresa Gozzo

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Tuning the pKa of Fluorescent Rhodamine pH Probes via Substituent Effects, Sarah G. Stratton

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Utilization of Unnatural Amino Acids in Novel Bioconjugates and Probing Applications, Christina A. Howard

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Visible Light Fluorescence Switching in Dye-Doped Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles, Xinzi Zhang

Honors Theses from 2016

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An Experimental and Theoretical Study of Proton Affinity in Proline-Containing Dipeptides: Exploring the “Proline Effect”, Anton Luke Lachowicz

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Construction of Bicyclo[2.2.2]diazaoctane Alkaloids via Intermolecular [4+2] Cycloadditions, Jacob Gabriel Robins

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Creating a Computational Model of Prion Disease in the Human Neocortex, Christina Alexandra Stephens

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Domino Reactions Involving Merged Cycloaddition and Cycloreversion Processes Affording Pyridine Products, Jill Williamson

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Fragmentation Studies of Lysine and Lysine Analog Containing Tetrapeptides, Zachariah Imran Hasan

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Hydrogen-Bonding Control of Solvatochromism and Non-Radiative Decay in the Fluorescence of 3-Aminofluoren-9-one Derivatives, Isaac Gregory Alty

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Investigation of Unnatural Amino Acids as a Means to Modulate Protein Function, Taylor Harrison Jacobs

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Iron Complexes for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Generation, Carolyn L. Hartley

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Oligomers and Polymers of Copper(I) With Dicyanobenzene and Cyanopyridine Ligands, Mark K. Broderick

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Peptide Fragmentation Studies on Doubly Charged Proline and Pipecolic Acid Containing Pentapeptides and Methods Development for an HPLC/MS Instrument for Proteomics Experiments, Hannah Emily Smith

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Probing Single-Molecule Photophysics of Rhodamines on TiO2, Jenna Adrienne Uy Tan

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Studies of the development of intermolecular networks during the curing of coatings using single-sided nuclear magnetic resonance, Frances Jude Morin

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Synthesis and Characterization of Interpenetrating Polymer Networks for Applications in Extraterrestrial Radiation Shielding, Josiah Arevalo Hammack

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The Effect of Ethanol, Methanol, and Water on the Hydrolytic Degradation of Polyamide-11, Patrick Smith

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Total Synthesis of Peramine, a Defensive Alkaloid Produced by Endophytic Fungi of Cool Season Grasses Possessing Anti-Insect Properties, Matthew Rolfe Nelli

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Utilizing Synthetic Tools to Address Biological Issues, Marshall Scott Padilla

Honors Theses from 2015

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Cu(I) Networks With Polycyanoaromatic Ligands, Congqi Yang

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Development of a Site-Selective Protein Immobilization Methodology Utilizing Unnatural Amino Acids, Benjamin K. Raliski

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Development of Novel Chemical Techniques to Address Biological Questions, Johnathan C. Maza

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Diffusion-Based Biomolecular Sensing Using Low-Field NMR, John S. Gray

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Electro- and Photocatalytic Generation of Hydrogen by Iron Polypyridyl Complexes, Kathryn J. Mayer

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First-­‐Row Transition Metal Coordination Compounds for the Electrocatalytic Generation of Hydrogen from Organic and Aqueous Solutions, Patrick M. Crossland

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High Performance Co-Polyimide Synthesis for Cosmic Radiation Shielding, Jarrell H. Raper

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Initiation of Photochemical Reactions via FRET from Fluorescent Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles, Christian Chamberlayne

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Investigation of the interaction between graphene oxide and a biopolymer surface, Pei Pang

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Novel methodologies to study protein S-glutathiolation using fluorescence spectroscopy, Jacob Daniels

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Studies Directed Toward the Synthesis of Aristopyridinone A, Maren K. Leibowitz

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Synthesis and Characterization of pH-Sensitive Rhodamine 6G Spirolactam Structures, Grace H. Taumoefolau

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The Effect of Functionalized versus Unmodified Graphene Oxide on Polyimide Nanocomposite Properties, Natalie V. Hudson-Smith

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The Electro- and Photocatalytic Activity of a Ni-NNSS Schiff-Base Complex for Hydrogen Generation, Catherine F. Wise

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Thiols in Glycolysis: Effects of Cysteine Modification on Pyruvate Kinase Activity, Taylor K. Lain

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Unnatural Amino Acids in Proteins for Development of Novel Biochemical Tools, Jordan Villa

Honors Theses from 2014

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An Iron Polypyridyl Electrocatalyst for Hydrogen Generation in Aqueous Solutions, Gannon P. Connor

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Cobalt Salen Complexes for Catalytic Hydrogen Production, Matthew J. Van Dongen

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Evaluation of the Tensile, Water Diffusion, and Water Hydrolysis Properties of Graphene Oxide/Polyamide-11 Composites and Their Synthesis, Christopher Houston Komatsu

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Increasing the Hydrogen Content of Aromatic Polyimides for Radiation Shielding, Geoffrey T. Geberth

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Modeling Dispersive Electron-Transfer Dynamics in Single Dye Molecules on TiO2, Alana Ogata

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Photophysics of Single Rhodamine Dye Molecules on TiO2 Substrates, Natalie Wong

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Studies Directed toward the Synthesis of Asymmetric Loline Alkaloids, Kelsey E. Miller

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Synthesis and Characterization of Cadmium(II) Complexes with Biologically Inspired Multidentate Ligands, Carolina Rojas Ramirez

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Synthesis of a Novel Unnatural Amino Acid for Protein Incorporation and Click Mediated Conjugation, Christopher A. Farley

Honors Theses from 2013

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A Mathematical Model of Renal Cell Carcinoma, Taylor M. Broome

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Characterization of Polyamide-12; Hydrolysis Kinetics Comparison, and the Study of Crude-oil Pipeline Applications, Charles J. Blevins

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Copper(I) Bromide and Copper(I) Iodide Complexes of Aliphatic Diamine and Tetramine Ligands, Shannon M. McCullough

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Design and Synthesis of Novel Hydrogen-Rich Polyimides for Radiation Shielding, David J. Hill

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Effects of coal transportation on heavy metal contamination in wetland environments along the Virginia Peninsula, John Lovette

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Mass Spectrometry-based Proteomics Experiments and Peptide Fragmentation Studies of Lysine and its Homologues, Charlotte B. Platner

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Methodology towards the Construction of Bicyclo[2.2.2]diazaoctane Cores and its Application Towards the Synthesis of Brevianamide B, Alex Chinn

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Synthesis and Characterization of Silica-Coated Nanoparticles for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells, Jacquelyn Blake-Hedges

Honors Theses from 2012

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Are Twisted Derivatives of PRODAN More Effective than Planar Derivatives as Detectors of Solvent Acidity in Micellar Solutions?, Zachariah Bach Nealy

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Fabrication and Evaluation of Copper(I) Iodide Sensor Substrates, Lars Erik Dunaway